David Allen Lambert
I am looking to research the annual town reports for a batch of Massachusetts towns. I have gone to the Boston Public Library and to NEHGS but you do not have the towns I need. Is there a complete collection at the Massachusetts State Archives?
Thanks for your question. The Massachusetts State Library not the State Archives has a fairly comprehensive collection of the annual city and town reports for Massachusetts communities from the 19th through 21st centuries. On their website you can also determine the towns and the years they have availble.
For some communities the town reports publish births, marriages and deaths for the previous year. This is a quick way to search post-1915 vital records not already open to the public. These records were made public at the time of their publication, but remain an underutilized resource among genealogists and historians.
Massachusetts State Library
State House – Room 341
Boston, MA 02133